Live Ever After by Claire C. Riley
Published by Breakwater Harbor Books on August 31, 2013
Featuring gripping Independent authors from around the world, FUSION is the first collection of short works published by Breakwater Harbor Books. Contributing heart-pumping tales of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Crime are seven stories that will thrill you, rivet you and some will even make you sleep with the light on. Authors from across a wide variety of genres, Dee Harrison, Ivan Amberlake, Claire C. Riley, Scott J. Toney, Mindy Haig, Cara Goldthorpe and C.M.T. Stibbe.
The Sliver of Abilon – A Mirrorsmith Tale – 'and you thought it was safe to look in the mirror?'
Diary of the Gone - Without a girlfriend, bullied by the Principal’s son, and haunted by the dead, Callum Blackwell thinks his life can’t get any worse. But he’s wrong.
Life Ever After. Nina's Story: Part one. – When the dead begin to rise, it's time to put your differences aside and run!
NovaFall – When the Meteor falls, the essences will come, forging flesh and planetary souls as one.
Cybilla. – To claim his Muse, one man must find the gate between the mortal and the immortal worlds.
Capturing Perfection – An artist's tale of love, loss and beauty in Renaissance Milan
Until The Ninth Hour – Until a man loses his daughter to a serial killer, until he loses his best friend, until he is down on his luck, Darryl Williams must put all thoughts of retaliation out of his mind.
THIS REVIEW IS *ONLY* IN REFERENCE TO CLAIRE C. RILEY’S ADDITION, LIFE EVER AFTER. I was given a copy of her story to review.
Zombies are not exactly my cup of tea. I’ll take on vampires any day. Something about those strong, sexy, immortal, blood suckers! But Zombies UGH GROSS!
This novella is the prequel to Odium which is coming out very soon. What I really love about Claire’s writing is that our hero’s so far are actually heroines. They’re normal every day girls. Girls you would least expect to kick your vampire or in this case zombie ass!
I’m a squeamish person. I don’t like vomit (even after 3 kids), I don’t like loose teeth, I don’t like ZOMBIES.
They ooze stuff.
They smell nasty.
They’re normally missing body parts.
They have absolutely no table manners.
Claire has a unique way of bringing humor to the dark stories she likes to write. The fact that Nina and Ben have this HUGE argument about shoes which Nina then wears to grocery shop while a zombie freaking apocalypse is beginning all around her, is hilarious to me. I love how her feet hurt so much that she took them off in the store and sat down and cried in the aisle. What lead to her doing that may not seem funny but given the fact that her world was about to change as she knew it? Well that’s some funny stuff. When she dons her Doc. Martens to begin her new quest to survive zombies, she can’t help but remark that her blue heels albeit impractical were still cute.
Ben is Nina’s husband and Claire strikes once again in making their relationship real. They fight, their relationship is far from perfect. It makes me love the interaction between the two because it feels real. Only Claire doesn’t like for you to get too comfortable. No she likes to pull the rug out from under you. I love it and I hate it. I’m still not completely over Limerence so you’ll have to bear with me.
I don’t normally read zombie stories so I don’t feel like I’m a very good judge. With that said there were a few things that bugged me not just with the zombies, just overall.
– Ben says at one point that the electricity would turn off soon. This is said a few hours into the “zombie event”. I just didn’t understand why he thought that so early on. TV was already off and the radio as well. How he came to that conclusion was confusing.
– I definitely didn’t like all the bitch references. I understand that in relationships we call each other names. Sometimes we refer to ourselves as “being a bitch” but I don’t know it just didn’t sit well with me.
– Their garden was full of zombies – all of them were neighbors or friends. I didn’t understand why all the zombies were congregating in their yard? Could they smell Nina and Ben? LOL I mean I don’t know what goes through a zombie’s head, if anything, but I know they’re attracted to noise and movement. So I would have liked a bit more explanation to why they were all in that particular garden.
All in all I found this novella to be very entertaining and not too gross that I couldn’t read it. Yes it’s graphic but not obscenely. I’m looking forward to reading how this will all play out for Nina in Odium.